Thursday, November 29, 2012


A really enormous thank you to everyone who offered suggestions for the "Exceeded Quota" blog crisis. My dear friend, Mia, who faced the same conundrum with her Number 19, wrote me an e-mail entitled IFIGUREDITOUT. And she sure did... go to Google PLUS and upgrade profile, and then all previous problems simply dissolve. Whew! Here are some Instagram photos taken recently...

Window at Velk, Church Street

Greens in the kitchen

Crackled walls

Detail on an Anatomie Illustration

Bust at Treasury

Vogel, Woodstock

Apothecary, Delos


Detail, illustration at The Power and the Glory

My desk

Shiny, happy...


Can you just make out Greta Garbage? Look bottom center...


CU of the Freemasons metal cabinet

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


When a collection becomes an art installation. So beautiful and intricate...

Via here

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ark du Maison Deyrolle

And, while on the subject of Where the Wild Things Are (see previous posting)... the chapel of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris played host to Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping's Ark 2010 - an impressive installation. The animals courtesy of Deyrolle...

Via here

Monday, November 26, 2012

Les Animaux

Two images from the extraordinary Deyrolle in Paris. One before the fire and one after...

Via here and here

Frozen in Time

Still trying to work out the "Exceeded Quota" debacle (see here). Has anyone come across this? I seem to be able to upload certain images, but not my own original photographs. I am really loathe to start paying for the blog. It is a labor of love after all...

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Just been faced with this:

Whoops! You're out of space. You are currently using 100% of your 1 GB quota for photos...


I had an entire host of Instagram pictures to share with you. Let me arrange for more storage, but in the meantime, here is the very covetable Portrait of a Youth by Pierre-Paul Prud'Hon(1800)...

Via here

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


An extraordinary detail from the Louvre...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Two Mantels

I love the sheer whimsy of the objects on these mantlepieces — unrelated and oddly juxtaposed.  The renovation of this 1870's Red Hook (Brooklyn) home belonging to painter, Todd Bonné and lifestyle photographer, Alexandra Grablewski is painstakingly documented on The Little House That Could. Makes for great reading and fortitude for those who are attempting a giant restoration, as well as a glimpse into the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy...

See more of the house on Designsponge

Friday, November 16, 2012


Wishing everybody a very happy one...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Via here

The Gaze

Not exclusively for Mona Lisa's...

(Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), Portrait of a Young Man, c. 1613–15. Oil on panel, 26 x 20 1/2 in. (66 x 52 cm). Private collection. Photo by Glenn Castellano)


I adore absolutely everything about the Parisian apartment of Lauren Santo Domingo. Ultra chic - just like the owner...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012


How is this for a mouthful? Collection De Cent Silhouettes Des Personnes Illustres Et Celebres Dessinées D'Après Les Originaux (1791) or simply Profile Portrait Silhouettes of 18th Century European Nobility by Johann Friedrich Anthing. Specializing in the popular 18th and 19th century silhouette effect, Anthing took commissions from royal courts across Europe. He lived much of his life in St Petersburg, where he also created silhouette portraits of the Russian Science Academy members...

Via Bibliodyssey

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kedleston Hall

A huge thank you to readers who solved the mystery for me just as I was about to don my Nancy Drew Google hat. The magnificent house in my previous post is Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Incidentally, many scenes of The Duchess (starring Keira Knightley) were filmed at Kedleston...

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